I’m Doing NaNoWriMo!

Hello Guys!

So November is just about to begin and with November comes one of the most exciting (and stressful) times of the year.. NaNoWriMo time!

If you do not know what ‘NaNoWriMo’ is and are seriously confused right now, let me explain. NaNoWriMo stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ and is basically a time where writers from all walks of life; young, old, in school, in work, professional or amateur sit down and attempt to write a 50,000 word novel.

While I am not expecting this novel to be good or to be seen by anybody ever (although if I like it I’ll put it on Wattpad) I am in desperate need of a challenge. Something that will make me think like I’ve never thought before. It’s been ages since I’ve had the opportunity to be creative and while I feel out of practice I am excited to get my imagination going again.

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To prepare for NaNoWriMo I am going to pre write a few blog posts to last a month so that I don’t have to worry about neglecting this blog, however I will most probably do update posts every week to let you know when I’m failing mis- ur I mean… when I reach my goal of 10,000 words a week. It’s totally possible. Totally.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? How much have you planned your book for it? While I have a vague idea I haven’t worked out a lot of it, I don’t even have names yet!

So far I only have three writing buddies so if you want to add me my username is Booklovingjess! You can also read the synopsis for my book.

Thanks for Reading

Jess xxx

Day trip to Hever Castle and Gardens

In late August I went to Hever castle and gardens in Kent as I had never been before. My dad went as I child with his mum and dad so we decided to go and enjoy a day wandering around some beautiful gardens on a warm Sunday. It was a fantastic day full of butterscotch and toffee ice cream, jousting, and enough wasps to last me ten lifetimes.

The Gardens

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The Lake

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The water maze was a lot of fun. Around this stone grotto is a stepping stone walkway where there are hidden jets of water that are triggered when you walk on certain stepping stones. To get to the grotto safely (as in if you want to stay dry) you have to avoid these stepping stones and try and find the safe route to the middle. This was such a unique maze, I had a lot of fun tracking my way through the maze, trying my hardest to avoid getting wet, and I am proud to say that I was successful!

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To give the experience a unique feel there were various medieval activities and stools going on.

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The Castle

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Gift Shop

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The last picture shows you what I bought while there. I bought two book marks, a magnetic one (which I gave to my nan) and a red leather one which I think looks so cool. Whenever I go to new places I have a tradition where I always have to buy a bookmark or something I can use as I bookmark, and I have to say I was spoilt for choice in the Hever castle giftshop.

So that was my day at Hever castle. While it did take a long time to get there due to a lot of winding roads and almost getting lost, it was a fantastic day and I will always treasure the memories.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon ~ Wrap Up

Sooo… as I predicted, I completely and utterly failed at this readathon. Honestly I’m not sure if it’s even worth blogging about the progress I made, because I didn’t make any.

If you remember, in my TBR post I said I aimed to finish the book I was currently reading, ‘Warbreaker,’ before the readathon started so I could start a TBR of smaller books. Well, I was unable to finish warbreaker before the readathon, and during it. Yep, that’s right, all I read was about 300 pages.

I have no excuse. I had no plans. I wasn’t busy. I just procrastinated. In the 24 hours I did more book buying than reading. I reblogged more gifs on Tumblr than I turned pages.

I am ashamed of myself, and I have now forbid myself to do anything else (other than write this post) until I have finished ‘warbreaker.’ I have 20 pages left. I can do this.

With that, how did you do? Did you fail as badly as I did, or was your 24 hour readathon a success?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon TBR

While in the past I have been a complete failure when it comes to reading loads in 24 hour readathon, there is just something about the Dewey one that makes it so special. This is why I have decided to give the 24 hour readathon another go.

If you are unaware of what Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is, it is a worldwide event where readers sit down and start reading non-stop for 24 hours at the exact same time. You basically challenge yourself to read as many books as possible. Some people stay up the entire 24 hours, some just read as much as possible. The point is that a community of online readers are doing what they love, together, but in there own homes.

If you are still unsure I will leave the official website here, where you can read more of what it’s about, sign up as a reader if you do want to participate and find out what time the readathon starts for you.

So, now that you know what this event is, lets get on with the TBR. I will admit, I do like to put too much pressure on  myself during these readathon’s, which is probably why I always fail so much, but who knows, this one might  be the one where I finally complete my TBR (if, that is, I can stick to it this time.)

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First of, I know what you’re thinking. “Jess, how will you possible read three books and that gigantic four hundred page brick?” Well never fear. I am actually hoping to finish ‘Warbreaker’ by Brandon Sanderson before the readathon as I am currently reading it, however if I haven’t quite finished it this will be the first book I read.

However, I am hoping to have finished it by then, and if I have the first book I will pick up will be ‘Before I go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson. I’ve heard this book is a really quick read and something you won’t want to put down, so it sounds perfect for a 24 hour readathon.

Next I hope to read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. As this is a children’s book I’m hoping for it to be a quick read.

I’m not sure if I will get to this one but if I am able to finish all of the others I will go on to read ‘Shatter me’ by Tahereh Mafi. This will be a reread for me and I actually read this book during my first ever 24 hour readathon… I didn’t get very far but I do better this time. Hehe.

That is what I plan to read during this readathon. Let me know if you’re taking part and if so, what are you reading?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Autumn TBR Pile

Hello guys! In todays post I am going to share with you the books I’m planning to read in autumn (aka October and November.) This is a little late, I know! But I’m still hoping I can read all of these or at least as many of them as possible.

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(The leaves are my attempt at making this look autumnal)

JANE EYRE ~ CHARLOTTE BRONTE 

This is one of those classics that I hear people talking about all the time and is extremely loved. I feel like it’s going to be one of those perfect autumnal reads,I just hope I get time to read it because I tend to read classics quite slowly.


THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING ~ J.R.R. TOLKIEN

At the start of the year one of my goals was to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The year is almost up and so far I have only read about a hundred pages of the first one. I still aim to finish the trilogy this year because I really want to watch the movies, and I reckon they would be great movies to watch on a cold, rainy evening.


THE MINIATURIST ~ JESSIE BURTON

This book sounds so interesting and amazing, it’s really popular here in the UK because it’s always in the charts. This boo reminds me of the night circus as its magic realism and is set in the 1600’s. I’m hoping to really enjoy this.


REBECCA ~ DAPHNE DU MAURIER

I’ve seen so many people describe this book as spine-chilling and addictive which to me sounds like the most perfect Halloween type of read. I first heard of this book on booktube but apparently it’s a really famous book that has been been adapted to movies and plays, which makes me double excited to read it.


WARBREAKER ~ BRADON SANDERSON

I wanted to put some fantasy in the mix and I thought, ‘what better way to do that than with a Brandon Sanderson book?’ This will be my first Brandon Sanderson read (I know, where have I been?) I’ve already started reading it and I am loving it! The characters are interesting, the magic is so new and fascinating, I’m really happy I picked this up.


THE GRAVEYARD BOOK ~ NEIL GAIMON

This sounds like the most perfect book for Halloween, it has ghosts and supernatural stuff, but it doesn’t sound super scary. I haven’t read many Neil Gaiman books so I’m excited to dive into this one.


DRACULA MISS PEREGRINES HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ~ RANSOM RIGGS

I’ve now changed my mind on reading Dracula because I’m just not in the mood to read it. Library of Souls, the last in the trilogy came out this month and everyone has been talking about it, so I think this would be the perfect time to finally start the trilogy.


THE SILKWORM ~ ROBERT GALBRAITH

I really enjoyed the cuckoos calling, I thought it was a great mystery and I have been meaning to carry on with the series since I read it. The third in the series ‘Career of Evil’ is coming out on the 20th so I’m hoping to read it by then or at least soon after. These books have a really dark atmosphere and so are perfect for this time of year.


So that is everything that I plan on reading this season, hopefully I have time to read all of them. Let me know what you’re planning on reading.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

September Wrap Up/Mini Reviews

Hi guys

September wasn’t too great of a reading month for me. I struggled with a couple of the books I was reading and ended up only reading three 1/2 books.

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

(Unfinished)

I was so excited to read this book because it was so well loved and everyone I know has raved about it. But I just found the characters so boring, felt no connection between them and just could not read on. I stopped at around 200 pages and I’m not sure if I will carry on.

This book is an adult mystery set in Spain just after the war. It was originally written in Spanish but it’s a very good translation. It’s based around this mysterious author who’s books have been disappearing and our main character is trying to find out who’s destroying them. I started  of really enjoying this book but now I’m struggling to become interested in it again.


The Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

I also struggled with this one. While I wasn’t really disappointed with it I do have a few issues that made me struggle with it, and I ended up not enjoying it as much as the  first three. I still can hardly get through the Manon chapters, and often find myself skimming the pages because I’m just not interested in that character of the storyline.

I’m sure most of you have heard of the throne of glass series but if you haven’t, (where have you been?) This series is a high fantasy based around an ex-assassin Celeana who has been imprisoned. She’s given an opportunity to be released from prison and compete in a tournament against other assassins to become the Kings champion. This series has so many twists and turns and Celeana is my absolute favourite female protagonist. She’s kiss-ass and takes no sh!t from anyone. I definitely recommend it.


I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book has made it on my top ten favourite books of all time. The story was so interesting and captivating and I fell in love with the characters, finding that I cared if they got hurt and got excited when they were feeling passionate. The minute I finished the book I hugged it because I was feeling so emotional, I felt all the feels while reading it. I seriously need more because I just loved it so much.

This book follows twins Jude and Noah who are really close until an accident pulls them apart. The accident affects them in different ways, while Jude seems to find herself through it, Noah changes everything about himself and becomes almost someone entirely new. This book is shows both perspectives in different times, Noahs is before the accident and Judes is after. I really enjoyed this part because both POVs were interesting and I never got bored with either of the story lines.

Another big factor in these books is art. I’ve never been one who’s good at art or really understood it, but the way Jandy Nelson used and described art made me really respect it and actually helped me understand how artists get inspired.


Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

This is my second time reading this book and was unfortunately quite disappointed with it the second time round. While I loved it the first time and gave it five stars this time I found myself frustrated quite a lot. I wasn’t a fan of how unrealistic the characters were, it seemed as if everyone had this one talent that happened to be a huge industry job wise and they seemed to be the best at everything. I also found the main character Lola frustrating because she created her own problems yet blamed everybody else for them.

However I did enjoy the relationships between the characters, especially Lola and her parents. While it’s too unrealistic for my liking I can see why it wouldn’t bother too many people as it is entertaining. I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, the first in the companion trilogy, a lot more than this one, and definitely recommend you read it.


That’s everything I read in September.

Thanks for reading

Jess xx

We Were Liars ~ Non-Spoiler Review

I read this book over year ago and posted this review on my old blog, now I’ve updated it and hopefully improved it, (by getting rid of a few thousand exclamation points) so I thought I would repost it onto this blog.

Description: WeWereLiars

A beautiful and distinguished family.                                                   A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Release Date: May 13th 2014

Length: 242 Pages

Avg Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5

My Rating: 4/5

Before I begin this review I just wanted to say that this book is one of those ones where you really don’t want to know anything about, therefore I’m not going to actually tell you any more about this book than what the description says, it’s vague for a reason and I definitely think going into this knowing absolutely nothing about it really adds to the experience.

The first thing that I actually noticed about this book is sadly a negative and that is that you are all of a sudden introduced to so many characters its hard to keep track of who is who. It soon becomes easier to understand once we learn more about the characters, but for the first 50 or so pages I had to keep flipping back and forth to the family tree, which on kindle was not an easy thing to do.

Once you get passed that and the plot starts taking off, you start noticing the amazing writing style that has this way of gripping you and it doesn’t let go, not even after you’ve finished the book. The writing really makes the book cause its so tense and mysterious, you literally cant put the book down until you’ve finished it and figured out what the hell is going on. And once you’ve done that you will immediately want to go back and reread the book.

The main character isn’t a very reliable source of information as she herself is confused about every thing that’s going on and so your constantly questioning whether what your reading is true or not. The story line goes back and forth between times which I love in books, because I feel like I’m getting the whole story, rather than just the aftermath.

This book is mysterious and tense and absolutely heart shattering. A must read. Please. READ IT!

Thanks for reading!

Jess xxxx